It is a good thing that I take clearly written notes when originally doing these reviews because my mind has wandered far away as I have been typing up this one. Somehow while staring blankly I transposed the notes I took on this beer over to this post while thinking ahead of my efforts to watch college basketball tonight via my computer. I have heard that my cable company has finally done something useful (to me) and that I might be able to now catch a game that I otherwise would have missed or simply caught on radio. Hopefully it works for me now that my hopes are high!
Now for this early in the week review . . .
Brewery: The Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY and Utica, NY)
Name: Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass.
Aroma: Rich, dark, malty sweetness in the aroma with some light roasted and chocolatey notes. Maybe a bit of very light hops in back?
Appearance: Deep brown color with a hint of red noticed when held to the light. One finger, light tan head that is fairly thick with decent retention and leaving some trail. Almost opaque though is very clear with rising bubbles visible when held to light.
Flavor: Full malty flavor with a nice coffee-like roasted quality and some light chocolate from middle to finish. Some bitterness from hops (in combination with that from the roasted grains) and some very light hop flavor to help balance out the malt. Somewhat dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation (maybe toward low). Light creaminess on the palate (more so as it warms).
Overall Impressions: Solid, tasty beer though middle of the road in that it is not great but is not at all bad either (I have a tendency to view brown ales that way). Probably not a bad one to have on hand for non-craft beer drinking friends to try. Better when not super cold.